Yoga and Essential Oils:
A Natural Fit !
“Dream a little bigger, stretch a little further, breathe a little deeper, and reach a little higher,” affirm the creators of Essential Yoga, designed to bring together the two ancient practices of yoga and essential oils.
If you already love yoga, you’re gonna love the idea of bringing essential oils into your practice! “The use of essential oils to enhance and complement the yoga practice dates back thousands of years and originated in India with sandalwood and vetiver,” state Essential Yoga founders Deidra Schaub, Jane Bloom, Stephanie Smith and Marty Harger.
In The Essential Yoga Program, they recommend specific oils to enhance the physical and emotional aspects of a yoga practice.
Here’s just a sample of how you can incorporate essential oils into your private yoga practice or present them in monthly themed workshops if you are a teacher:
THEME: VISION Is your yoga practice aligned with your goals?
YOGA FOCUS: Active flow poses with twists and inversion.
RECOMMENDED OILS: Juniper Berry, Lemon, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint, Focus Blend, Lavender.
THEME: CONNECTION Cultivate an Open Heart.
YOGA FOCUS: Active hatha yoga poses with heart openers.
RECOMMENDED OILS: Ylang Ylang, Wild Orange, Frankincense, Massage Blend, Geranium, Balance Grounding Blend.
THEME: ALIGNMENT Balance Body, Mind and Spirit.
YOGA FOCUS: Head to Toe Yin or Restorative.
ESSENTIAL OILS: Cypress, Grapefruit, Frankincense, Marjoram, Soothing Blend, Grounding Blend.
THEME: ENERGY Capture the rejuvenation of Spring
YOGA FOCUS: Hatha yoga with twists and forward bends.
RECOMMENDED OILS: Wild Orange, Lime, Cedarwood, Rosemary, Geranium, Peppermint
Other themed classes include: Renew, Breathe, Freedom, Balance, Foundation, Release, Gratitude and Compassion.
During each class, the yoga teacher will gently rub the appropriate essential oil on the student’s forehead, back of neck, bottoms of feet, etc. while he or she is in a pose. This allows each student to be a passive receiver while enjoying the lovely fragrance and benefits of each essential oil. Students love these classes!
Afterwards, they are encouraged to attend an essential oil introductory class and purchase their own essential oils, if they are interested.
It’s a win-win for everybody!
If practicing yoga in the privacy of your own home, you can use an essential oil diffuser with either an energizing oil (like Wild Orange, Peppermint) or a relaxing one (such as Calming or Grounding Blends) depending on the nature of that day’s poses and goals.
For specific questions on the best essential oils for your health needs and/or yoga practice, please email me at GreenLivingLadies@Gmail.com
To your health,